Penalty: Freddie Burns
Conversions: Madigan (2)
Elliot Daly (London Wasps); Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Matt Hopper (Harlequins), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs); Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), Joe Simpson (London Wasps); Alex Waller (Northampton Saints), Jamie George (Saracens), Tom Mercey (Northampton Saints); Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), George Kruis (Saracens); Calum Clark (Northampton Saints, captain), Luke Wallace (Harlequins), Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)
Dave Ward (Harlequins), Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby), Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), Elliott Stooke (Gloucester Rugby), Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints), Dave Lewis (Exeter Chiefs), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Rob Miller (Sale Sharks)
Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster); Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht), Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster); Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster), Isaac Boss (Terenure College/Leinster); David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Rob Herring (Ballinahinch/Ulster), Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster); Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Dan Tuohy (Ballymena/Ulster); Rhys Ruddock (St Mary's College/Leinster), Tommy O'Donnell (UL Bohemians/Munster), Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues)
Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley RFC/Leinster), Jack McGrath (St Mary's College/Leinster), Stephen Archer (St Mary's College/Munster), Robbie Diack (Malone/Ulster), Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Kieran Marmion (Corinthians/Connacht), Ian Keatley (Young Munster/Munster), Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster)
Trying to overturn a 14-5 half time deficit, Jon Callard's side threw the kitchen sink at the Wolfhounds, only to run into a green clad brick wall.
They did so very nearly snatch it in the game's final moments. Powerful ball carrying took play to within a metre of the Irish line but, with a score looking inevitable, a final handling error brought play to a close.
Credit where credit's due, the Wolfhounds took their chances in the first half and then defended like demons. It was eerily reminiscent of the Munster performance here at Kingsholm a fortnight ago.
The Wolfhounds stunned the home crowd with an early try. A powerful catch and drive took play deep into the Saxons 22, before scrum half Isaac Boss broke left, dummied his way through a gap and scampered home. Ian Madigan converted.
The Saxons tried to regroup and work their way back into the game, but little was coming off for Jon Callard's side and the Irish defence looked solid.
It was actually somewhat against the run of play that the Saxons got back into the game. The Wolfhounds were moving the ball across the backline, when a misplaced pass bounced into the hands of Anthony Watson and the Bath winger ran it back all the way.
The Saxons best phase of the game followed, but they didn't really threaten the Irish line although Charlie Sharples had a couple of good moments in attack.
The Wolfhounds soaked up all the pressure and then promptly struck at the other end. Ian Madigan caught the Saxons defence napping with a swiftly taken tap and forced his way over. The fly half converted his own try for a 14-5 half time lead.
The Saxons came out strongly at the start of the second half, taking the game to the Wolfhounds, but simply couldn't make the breakthrough. When a Freddie Burns' penalty bounced back off the post, it seemed to sum up the Saxons fortunes.
Callard sought to change things up, and Gloucester's Elliott Stooke was among the replacements sent on. There was certainly some fresh impetus which resulted in Burns slotting a penalty on 63 minutes to narrow the gap to 8-14.
Sam Dickinson and Rob Miller were other replacements making a big impact, and both were prominent in the closing stages.
However, despite the Saxons giving it absolutely everything, backed by a fervent Gloucester crowd of more than 8000, they simply couldn't cross the whitewash.